The family of missing student Julio César López Patolzin celebrates his 25th birthday. Tixtla, Guerrero. January 29, 2015.

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UNTIL WE FIND YOU


On September 26, 2014, a mass disappearance sent shock waves through Mexican society. That night, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College were traveling by bus in Iguala, Guerrero when they came under attack by police. The series of shootouts left over 20 students wounded and three dead, one of whom was tortured and found the next day with no eyes or face. During the attacks, police abducted 43 of the students. They have not been seen since.


This series follows the aftermath of these attacks for the community of the 43 missing students. The case, which implicated the city's mayor, every police force in the area, and the military, sparked a mass protest movement led by the families of the disappeared. It became an enduring symbol for Drug War corruption and the more than 26,000 missing people across the country. Despite the outcry, inconsistencies and deception in the government’s investigation have pointed to a coverup, and the students’ whereabout remain unknown.


Like the families of other missing people across Mexico, the loved ones of the 43 students are consumed and tormented by uncertainty. They have no body, no answers, no justice, and no closure. Three years later, they continue to demand accountability and search for their missing sons.

Citizen search organized by families of the missing students in the hills outside Iguala, the city where they disappeared. Huahuaxtla, Guerrero. January 16, 2016.

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Survivors of the Iguala attacks, which left three students dead, dozens wounded and 43 more missing, in the auditorium of the Ayotzinapa Teachers College. Tixtla, Guerrero. March 16, 2015.

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Site of the attacks. Crosses on the ground mark where two students were shot and killed. Parents of the missing have posted phone numbers to call “if you know anything about our sons.” Iguala, Guerrero. February 13, 2015.

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Romana, mother of missing student José Ángel Campos Cantor. Tixtla, Guerrero. March 2, 2015.

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Joint forum with members of the Ayotzinapa 43 movement and the Black Lives Matter movement at St. Mark's Church. Queens, New York. April 25, 2015.

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Teachers and relatives of the missing march to Guerrero State Congress. Chilpancingo, Guerrero. March 5, 2015.

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Students comfort mothers of the 43 missing students at a rally at Metropolitan Autonomous University. Mexico City. January 23, 2015.

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Epifanio and Blanca, parents of missing student Jorge Álvarez Nava, rest on the bus during a week of organizing and protesting. Three days later, the Attorney General controversially closed the Ayotzinapa case. Mexico City. January 24, 2015.

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Riot police intercept relatives and classmates of the 43 missing students, who were calling for a boycott of the state elections, en route to a radical protest. Tixtla, Guerrero. June 3, 2015.

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Confrontation between Ayotzinapa students and riot police after a failed negotiation. Tixtla, Guerrero. June 3, 2015.

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Funeral of Antonio Vivar Díaz, a student teacher and local leader in the movement for the 43 missing students. Vivar Díaz was shot by a policeman in Tlapa during a confrontation on state election day. Tlapa, Guerrero. June 9, 2015.

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"He fought for you," the family of activist Antonio Vivar Diaz greeted a delegation from Ayotzinapa at his wake. Tlapa, Guerrero. June 8, 2015.

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Mural of Lucio Cabañas at the Ayotzinapa Teachers College, where the 43 missing students were studying. Cabañas was a student leader at the school during the 1960s and went on to form a guerrilla group called the Party of the Poor. He died in a shootout with the army in 1974. Tixtla, Guerrero. February 11, 2015.

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A relative holds Gaby, the baby daughter of missing student José Ángel Campos Cantor. A portrait of him hangs on the wall behind her. Tixtla, Guerrero. March 18, 2015.

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Neighborhood rooftop. Tixtla, Guerrero. February 1, 2015.

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Banner of the missing 43 at the entrance to the Fortín neighborhood in Tixtla, the town where the Ayotzinapa Teachers College is located. It reads, “Tixtla and El Fortín support the families of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students. They took them alive, we want them back alive!” Tixtla, Guerrero. February 6, 2015.

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Bernabé, father of missing student Adan Abrajan de La Cruz, at a meeting with the State Attorney General about missing surveillance footage from the night of the disappearance. Chilpancingo, Guerrero. March 9, 2016.

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Search posters for the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students. Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. March 5, 2015.

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